2017-09-13 - Can we skip the drama and just go run

randy hippieIt's bad enough that half the time we have to talk ourselves into getting our butt out the door, only to find that our body often rejects the idea of a run even more than us. Luckily, after a mile of burps, farts, gas pains, dead legs and a racing heart-beat, the body usually grooves into the idea, smooths out and it's time to smile! Our attitude does a 180 and the magic of the daily run is on. You would think we could skip the drama and get right into the sweet spot, but I guess this will never happen.

The run is always worth it, be patient,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner that admits to a lot of wasted drama time (with myself). My self-talk line today? "Would you just put on your f'n shoes and get your butt out the door for heaven sake!"... And this comes from an obsessed runner, good luck to those poor souls just starting off in this sport ...

PS: The cooler mornings are putting fall on our minds! Orchards, pancakes... (HARD) cider... Join us at the Scrumpy Skedaddle in Flushing, MI on October 1st for a 5K or 10K, live music, all you can eat pancake breakfast, finisher's glasses, medals and HARD CIDER! runscrumpy.com

PS: WE WANT YOU ON THE DIRT CREW! Join us for the wildest weekend of the year at Dances With Dirt Hell on September 23, 2017! Tons of jobs available behind the scenes and on the front lines. Volunteers receive a sweet shirt, $30 voucher towards a future RF Events event, and a ticket to the post race party! Check it out HERE.

2017-09-06 - Stop apologizing

randy hippieIt's a theme I go back to often - when we compare ourselves to others, we fail ourselves. We are a study of one. Nobody has lived our life, has our genetics or has experienced what we have. Our body, our pace, and our thoughts are ours alone. Embrace who you are, how you look, and the outcome of today's run. You are a great and interesting addition to this earth. When running with others who are faster or attempting to run faster, NEVER say, "sorry, I'm slow." They are the ones who can adjust their pace down, you can only smile and they can enjoy your company if they choose to, or just let them go and savor the run you have been given on this day. Whenever I ask someone how their run or race went, more often than not, the answer is not positive, I cringe as they apologize for what they see as a failed effort instead of taking pride in their attempt. Don't be that person.

Be you,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is obsessed with running, on my terms, and I love the way you run on your terms.

PS: The cooler mornings are putting fall on our minds! Orchards, pancakes... (HARD) cider... Join us at the Scrumpy Skedaddle in Flushing, MI on October 1st for a 5K or 10K, live music, all you can eat pancake breakfast, finisher's glasses, medals and HARD CIDER! runscrumpy.com

PS: MORE FALL FUN! Registration for Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and 1 Mile is NOW OPEN! Cider, donuts, fall running and medals? Count us in! Wiard's Orchard is the perfect backdrop for this spooky Halloween run! Be there October 7th in Ypsilanti, MI!

2017-08-30 - Get out there!

randy hippieWhile most of the world spends on average more than 23 hours of each day indoors or in a vehicle, not physically or mentally healthy places to be, We are blessed as runners to spend so much quality time outdoors, dig it. We smell and feel the changing of the seasons, the weather patterns, the rain, the sun, cool shade and the wind on our skin. We are aware of the natural world and know we a part of it, we are truly awake and alive, not trapped in the endless funky haze so much of the indoor world slips into. Today's morning run was in a mystical fog, a humid, wet feel that seemed to lick the skin...amazing.

Don't miss a single chance to run out there,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner looking forward to a healing weekend in the woods in just over a week at Run Woodstock. Join me for the weekend or at least an hour or two on the trails, or perhaps some yoga on the lawn. Invest in your sanity today, commit at http://runwoodstock.com/ Peace out.

PS: The cooler mornings are putting fall on our minds! Orchards, pancakes... (HARD) cider... Join us at the Scrumpy Skedaddle in Flushing, MI on October 1st for a 5K or 10K, live music, all you can eat pancake breakfast, finisher's glasses, medals and HARD CIDER! runscrumpy.com

PS: MORE FALL FUN! Registration for Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and 1 Mile is NOW OPEN! Cider, donuts, fall running and medals? Count us in! Wiard's Orchard is the perfect backdrop for this spooky Halloween run! Be there October 7th in Ypsilanti, MI!

2017-08-24 - A time to reap, a time to sow

randy flowersWe run our long runs for the training effect that prepares our bodies for even longer runs. The early miles of the long run are often mindless and easy but eventually, the hurt kicks in, usually, suddenly. This is the time to smile, this is what we came for! The long run is finally doing its job. It's time, concentrate and savor the pain, these are the miles that count, dig it! Had we stopped when the hurt kicked in, where would that get us?

Bring it on!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has to admit, that pain free, shorter runs are not overrated ...

PS: The cooler mornings are putting fall on our minds! Orchards, pancakes... (HARD) cider... Join us at the Scrumpy Skedaddle in Flushing, MI on October 1st for a 5K or 10K, live music all you can eat pancake breakfast, finisher's glasses, medals and HARD CIDER! runscrumpy.com

PS: MORE FALL FUN! Registration for Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and 1 Mile is NOW OPEN! Cider, donuts, fall running and medals? Count us in! Wiard's Orchard is the perfect backdrop for this spooky Halloween run! Be there October 7th in Ypsilanti, MI!

2017-08-17 - Be prepared to run!

randy trailHave you ever been asked to go on a run, or find yourself with the time to sneak in a run and can't because you don't have your running gear with you? I was watching the Weather Channel and they had on a survival expert that talked about what you should have in your emergency "Bug Out Bag" in your car. Not much of an expert I'd say, he didn't even include running shoes and apparel! If you haven't already, stash some old shoes and gear into your emergency bag in your car, It's also good to have a kit under your desk at work and anywhere else you may find yourself with a run opportunity. Be prepared!

May your next run be an unplanned adventure,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who ended up at an appointment yesterday that got pushed back 2 hours, leaving plenty of time to get on my stuff and run some nearby trails I have not been on in years.

PS: FREE WINE! FREE PARTY! Do I have your attention? We want YOU on the Uncorked Crew this weekend at Running Between the Vines. Join us at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson,MI Saturday, August 19th, 2017! $30 race voucher, fun volunteer shirt, custom wine glass and an invitation to the post race party for all volunteers! Check it out!

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